Mandatory Screenings

Vision and Hearing Screening

According to Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 71, section 57, students require vision screening "in the year of school entry, annually through grade 5, once in grades 6 - 8, and once in grade 9-12". Students require hearing screenings "in the year of school entry, annually through grade 3, once in grades 6-8, and once in grades 9-12."

Vision and Hearing Screenings will be preformed on all grade 9 students. Parents/Guardians are always notified when their child does not pass the vision and/or hearing screenings at school. If you have any concerns at any time about your child's vision or hearing, please contact the school nurse's office for assistance.


Postural Screening

The purpose of postural screening is to identify early signs of spinal problems. Most scoliosis and other spinal issues can be easily treated if they are detected early. Postural Screening is done in grades 5-9. Girls and Boys are screened separately, and privacy is respected at all times. Any suspicious findings are reported to parents/guardians, and if necessary, proof of a follow-up physician evaluation may be requested.


BMI Screening

In accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, schools are required to preform height, weight, and body mass index (BMI) for students in grade 1, 4, 7 and 10. Height and weight will be preformed on all grade 10 students. Girls and boys are measured separately and privacy is respectd at all times. Please visit the MDPH website at www.mass.gov for "Frequently Asked Questions about BMI" and "Mass in Motion."